Healthy Active Australia – promoting healthy living

The Government will provide $3.0 million over two years to develop a Wellbeing Plan for Children and to update Australia’s scientific guidelines on children’s nutrition.

Page last updated: 08 May 2007

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Why is this important?

  • In 1995, between 20-25 per cent of Australian children aged 7-15 years were considered to be overweight or obese – double the proportion in 1986.
  • Obesity is known to increase the risk of serious illnesses including diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension and asthma, and significantly raise the risk of sleep apnoea, fatigue and musculo-skeletal problems. It also contributes to psychological problems in young people such as self-esteem concerns, social isolation and depression.
  • The Wellbeing Plan for Children will provide practical support for parents to promote healthy eating and physical activity to children.

Who will benefit?

  • The Wellbeing Plan for Children will provide all Australian families with information about the foods they should be eating, how much they should be eating and the amount of physical activity required to maintain a healthy body weight.
  • The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents will be updated to contribute the latest nutrition science to the Wellbeing Plan for Children. These resources will also be used by health professionals and nutrition educators to help people make healthy food choices.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed $3.0 million over two years to develop the plan.

What have we done in the past?

  • In 2004, the Prime Minister announced the $116.0 million Building a Healthy, Active Australia initiative to fund the promotion of important healthy eating messages and the need for increased physical activity.
  • The CSIRO has demonstrated its success in communicating science-based advice about healthy eating and healthy living to the public in its best-selling Total Wellbeing books.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • Funding has been allocated for 2007-08 and 2008-09.

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